Have you wanted to be able to contribute to your organization, business or to an extended family in some way? We should all want to add value to the work we do. Publishing a newsletter on your home (or work) computer is a way to add great, tangible value by providing needed communication to the organization, business or family’s members. You can be a star!!
Before you doubt that you can do this; consider that, if you can write a few paragraphs that make sense, and with the help of technology and a simple step-by-step method…you can publish a newsletter. Are you ready to get started?
Here are some things you’ll need:
- Digital Camera
- Decide what you’d like your newsletter to look like; such as the design (title, number of columns, header graphics, use of photographs). Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a graphic artist to have a great-looking newsletter…there are free templates you can use on the Microsoft Home website. You’ll need to have Word 2003 or later to use these. Just download the template you want and replace the example text with yours.
- Decide what stories or articles you want to have in the newsletter. Make sure it’s information that the audience will want to know. You should ask them, on a periodic basis, what they’d like to read about. Next, gather the information for those articles by interviewing people or otherwise obtaining information from the club secretary or other officer. When deciding the content of each newsletter, consider having a calendar of events, birthdays (minus years of birth) of members, awards received by members or the organization…these can be items that are running features that appear in every issue.
- Write the articles from your notes taken while interviewing and gathering information. Keep the articles fresh and interesting. You know…catchy title; opening paragraph; middle content; and a good closing summary.
- Use photos whenever possible to add interest and color. Photos or clip-art can be used to highlight the topic of the article; such as a photo of the person who got the award, or an appropriate piece of clip-art that relates to the subject. Three or four photos per issue should be plenty.
- After writing the articles, paste them into the template, paste photos or clip-art, and when happy with the newsletter’s appearance, save it and send it to someone who will proofread it for you.
- Send it out to your audience through email or printed copies and sit back and wait for the compliments.
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